We had to do some major preparations house-wise to make room for a second child, but I really didn’t have to buy much — unlike the first time around, when I spent months on end pouring an endless stream of money into Amazon’s baby section. I was so paranoid I was going to forget some crucial item that would make the difference between a contented baby and a colicky nonstop screamer, as if clicking the Buy button was some kind of MAGIC WAND.
I kept pretty much everything we used from when Riley was a baby, with the exception of a few utterly useless items that I gave away. If you don’t mind veering from our normal blog M.O. of finding things that DON’T suck, here’s a rundown of baby gear I never did understand:
Infant bathrobes. Okay, I know they’re cute as hell, but have you ever seriously put one on a baby after their bath? I bet not. They’re not really long enough to keep their legs warm, and what’s the use of wrestling an infant into one outfit only to immediately put them in their PJs or whatever?
Wipe warmers. So I get the concept here, and I do realize that the wipes I pull out of the container and use on my newborn’s butt are kind of chilly sometimes, but they aren’t exactly COATED IN ICE. If you crumple a wipe in your hand for a second and blow on it, poof, it’s no longer chilly. Much easier than a fandangled electric gizmo that probably dries out half your wipe inventory.
Bottle warmers. I bought one of these and never used it once. Sure, I could put my bottle in a gadget that requires an outlet and ongoing maintenance, or I could, you know, walk fifteen feet to the kitchen and warm it. Maybe this is more useful for households far bigger than my own.
Infant sweaters. Some baby sweaters just aren’t worth the bother. They’re adorable, but you have to fuss with a bunch of buttons, only to scrape milk-barf out of the collar two minutes after you get them on. (And if it’s not machine washable, FORGET IT.)
What about you, which baby items did you find to be a waste of money?